05 Feb The Joint Benefits of a Tuner & Muzzle Brake: What to Know
Among the most practical rifle accessories we sell here are Strike Without Warning tuner muzzle brakes.
But what are these muzzle devices and why does it make a difference? Why not just get a plain old muzzle brake if you’re concerned about recoil and muzzle jump?
Here’s what you need to know.
How Recoil Affects the Shooting Experience
The most obvious advantage of installing a tuner muzzle brake is that it is still a muzzle brake.
Muzzle brakes are a special class of muzzle device that can drastically reduce felt recoil and thereby muzzle flip by altering the manner in which gasses are vented at the muzzle.
Basically, a muzzle brake dissipates or redirects the force of felt recoil, in some cases diminishing it as much as 50%, without affecting shot power.
Paired with a low-recoil round like 5.56 or .223, a muzzle brake can effectively eliminate recoil.
Not only is this a bonus for smaller-framed and recoil-sensitive shooters, but it also drastically reduces muzzle flip.
This means that all shooters can more easily keep their sights trained on target, enabling faster, more accurate follow up shots.
The reasons for installing a muzzle brake (instead of a flash protector, for instance) are self-evident.
But why a barrel tuner? To understand that, we need to explore barrel harmonics and the effects that a tuner has on them.
A Note on Tuners and Barrel Harmonics
The purpose of adding a barrel tuner to your rifle is to optimize barrel harmonics. Basically, the barrel vibrates in response to the impetus of the expanding gasses and the bullet moving through it.
It moves a little bit in all dimensions; this is also a condition known as barrel whip. Ideally, you want the bullet to leave the barrel when it is in the space it would occupy during rest – it will still be ultimately moving, but you want the bullet to exit the barrel when it is not acting as though it is under the influence of harmonics.
The purpose of this objective is to shrink shot groups as small as possible. Not only the load data, barrel length and rifling will influence accuracy, but very minute variations in shot grouping can be attributable to the effects of barrel whip.
So, as a result, some enterprising shooters add a barrel tuner to their muzzle. This is, in effect, a small weight added to the muzzle that changes the barrel harmonics, allowing the shooter to “tune” the barrel (hence the name) reining in those small variations in grouping.
When properly tuned, a barrel can produce extremely tight groups, even at extended ranges. This will, of course, require some trial and error from the shooter, in terms of tuner weight and ammunition type, but with a tuner it is more often than not quite possible to shrink groups even further, granted you put in the time to do it right.
This is the reason that some shooters opt for a tuner and muzzle brake instead of just one or the other – this is what the Strike Without Warning tuner muzzle brake offers.
What This Tuner Muzzle Brake Accomplishes
The Strike Without Warning tuner muzzle brake fires on all cylinders and is engineered to reduce recoil and muzzle rise while also balancing the rifle by effectively redistributing weight.
First things first, this muzzle brake is highly effective at mitigating felt recoil, and in fact, more than other competitors. Thanks in part to its gas deflection and nozzle technology, it outperforms other competing muzzle brakes by at least 10% – if not more.
The design of this barrel tuner is also superior to alternatives, which predominantly use friction to remain in place on the barrel.
By contrast, the Strike Without Warning tuner and brake utilizes two set screws to secure it in place on the barrel. This unique locking mechanism is stronger and more secure than other models; to remove it by force once installed you would need to sheer the set screws.
This is also a second-generation TMB from Strike Without Warning, which features several improvements over the original, including a threaded option, a closer fit between the tuner and the muzzle, and changes in the port configuration. The top ports have been removed and the side ports adjusted.
On top of that, it is self-timing, directional, and compatible with all calibers up to .338 caliber magnum cartridges. It also features a hard, corrosion-resistant nitrided finish, and perhaps most importantly, requires no modifications to those barrels with which it is compatible.
It is one of the most effective devices to be used to corral muzzle flip, recoil, and to tune a barrel for next-level accuracy by minimizing shot-to-shot variations wherein all other factors have been accounted except barrel whip.
That’s basically all there is to it. If you have questions about this Strike Without Warning tuner muzzle brake, feel free to get in touch with us at 833-980-0333 and we’d be more than happy to set the record straight.